Nothing ruins a beautiful smile more than stained teeth. To restore your pearly whites to their natural color, follow these simple tips.
Invisalign and Whitening at the Same Time
If you currently wear invisible aligners for teeth and also want to whiten your teeth at the same time, you can. Your dental clinic can discuss the process with you, but the great news is that you don’t have to wait until your aligner process is complete to get your clean, white smile back.
Limit Foods That Stain Your Teeth
It’s also important to know which foods are best for teeth and gum health and those that tend to stain teeth more so you can limit those.
Studies have shown that strawberries, pears, pineapple, coconut oil, and baking soda can help remove stains and support your overall oral health. Foods like nuts, broccoli, celery, and carrots are naturally abrasive, and they create a lot of saliva that naturally rinses your teeth clean of stains. Raw onions have been shown to stop plaque from forming on teeth. Apples, of course, are good for your whole body, including your teeth. Make sure you also get plenty of calcium. It fortifies your teeth and bones.
Foods that stain teeth are coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and dark berries. Some spices like turmeric and paprika and even balsamic vinegar can also stain teeth. Along with limiting these foods, stay away from sugar, which is a significant cause of tooth and gum disease.
Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
One of the best ways to keep your teeth white and healthy is brushing and flossing. Brushing improperly can actually damage the enamel on your teeth, making them appear yellow and unhealthy. Be sure to brush in a circular motion and apply gentle pressure. Do not scrub your gums too hard, or you can cause damage and break down the delicate tissue. Brush every tooth using a good toothbrush, and don’t forget to floss afterwards.
Also, get regular checkups with your local dentist to make sure no serious issues are lurking beneath your perfect smile.
Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth
Some people swear by using “oil pulling” to whiten their teeth. It’s a natural method of swishing coconut or another type of oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes each day. A bonus is that it kills harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease.
Another natural method of whitening your teeth is to brush with baking soda. It’s a natural abrasive and will gently remove stains. It will not happen overnight, so you might have to wait a few weeks to see the results.
Chemical Teeth Whitening
Another option is chemical whitening. The over-the-counter options may provide some level of whitening, but to truly get the best value, you will want to get the professional treatment performed at your dentist’s office. They have better chemicals which will last longer and keep your pearly whites white.
If you are on a budget, you can use whitening gels or strips and use the DIY approach to whitening your teeth.
You can also use teeth whitening toothpaste before and after treatment to keep your teeth white longer.
How to Remove Teeth Stains Naturally
Some toothpaste contains hydrogen peroxide, and you can also brush with it at home to get the same stain removal effect. When combined with baking soda, it works even better.
Strawberries are known to remove stains from your teeth naturally. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables supports overall teeth and gum health. Some celebrities expound on the benefits of combining strawberries with baking soda for a perfectly white smile, beside all these they don’t forget about skin care.
A few other methods that are not clinically proven but rumored to remove stains from your teeth are brushing with powdered charcoal, using apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash, and rubbing orange, lemon, or banana peels on your teeth.
If you eat a lot of dark berries, brush immediately after so these wonderful antioxidants don’t leave their stain behind.
Some people claim that using a good electric toothbrush makes their teeth whiter and keeps their mouths cleaner and fresher longer than a manual brush.
If you really want that picture-perfect smile, you can get veneers put on, and instantly you will walk away with a million-dollar mouth of pearly whites. However, bring your checkbook. This technique of teeth whitening is not cheap.